2006 MercedesBenz B170 Sport Honest Car Reviews Philippines

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Mercedes-Benz B 170

Compact beautiful

Text by P. Morte / Photos: Jude P.

posted September 18, 2006

With seemingly never-ending in gas prices, even the luxury car has focused more towards vehicles. BMW first broke with the said maxim via the cars in December 2004, and has relative sales success

The sales sensation runs of the didn’t escape the eyes of Benz. But instead of going with their Munich the Stuttgart auto folk compact hauling, touring and to new levels.

This is what its B series (the B 170 Sports for this test in particular) to the terra incognito of luxury vehicles.

Handling stuff in small

More shaped like Matrix MPV (multipurpose vehicle) BMW 120i, the B 170 focuses on a more design. The rear (and for folks, the front too) is of a shrunken ML 350 (its SUV brother), the sides display flared arches that house 17-inch wheels and Continental Contact 2 215/45 R17 wheels.

like the Ford Focus, the is all black, with silver on the steering wheel, dashboard, dashboard area, the automatic (a/t) shift knob and the around the a/t area. The air conditioning Arctic-cold blasts or decent (especially during rainy and you enter the car soaking wet) the Harman Kardon (a respected audio tuner)-tuned audio rival listening pleasures of the A4 and the (Boston Acoustics-tuned) Chrysler

The front seats (though in power assist) are comfortable and some) feel like buckets, thanks to the wide bolsters and the great-to-the-touch Maastricht Also, the front passenger folds down flat to long-shaped cargo. The rear can handle two adults and a toddler, the same high level of comfort and its backrest split down (either one-third or of the seat) to swallow odd-shaped

The B 170 offers a deceptively high of storage. Case in point: another car company’s event, writer was tasked to haul a TV and two accompanying TV racks in the B 170 back to his He managed to store (with Mirror account manager Tolosa as witness) in the B 170’s compartment the said three pieces IN their respective WITHOUT folding the rear and sacrificing rear vision.

Compact luxury touring

Mercedes-Benz B 170

Benz brands the B Class sports tourers, meaning were designed for frequent jaunts. The four cylinder nets 116hp and 155NMs of mated to a seven-speed continuously a/t (CVAT) billed as Autotronic. the engine takes a bit of effort to get the powerband (3400 rpm onwards), writer got a (Pakil, Laguna) 185kph. And with the small this writer got 11.22 on 3.5 days of mixed (half half highway) driving.

The comes with two options Comfort and Sport — and can be found in a hard-to-find button the a/t stick. Access Comfort and the CVT shifts at a moderate 2500-3250 access Speed (‘S’) and the shift points become This writer just to the Sport option in getting the top speed and consumption figures, as he that the Comfort option spirited driving.

Engaging the manual option on the merely requires putting the a/t on (D)rive and moving the stick to the (for upshifts) or to the left downshifts), aided by an indicator on the but narrow menu screen the speed and rev counters. Although the three gears are a bit taller, the motion of the Autotronic (aided by the tall center console CVT felt that shifting was faster as compared to the up-down shifting of BMW’s 3-Series or A4 sedans.

Handling is either a dislike matter. On flat the car’s height (1603mm) adds to some slight yaw hard cornering, but during passes the said yaw is nonexistent. some slight pitch hard turns and hairpins, but its stability program (ESP) on quickly (60-78 kph) to maintain even tire Get greedy with the throttle kph) and the ESP begins to regulate with heavy steering and throttle output. The suspension road flaws quietly, but for the aforementioned 17-inch wheel/tire may be too firm. Steering is light some it may be way too light) but gets heavier at 60+ kph and tends to provide a turning arc, even all 3.5 turns lock-to-lock executed.

Despite the ride height tricky to judge parking in front, no thanks to the waterfall-type end. The lack of front and parking sensors greatly this problem. The good is that with tall height comes wide and rear view.

The verdict

The B 170 Package is great for those who to impress their Broad C with the fact that have a Benz in their No doubt it’s bang-for-the-buck, but for Php a few more luxury items come standard. Nevertheless, the B lives up to its name as a compact tourer, a new classification that can be described as compact beautiful.

Mercedes-Benz B 170
Mercedes-Benz B 170
Mercedes-Benz B 170
Mercedes-Benz B 170

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